How is microblading done and is it permanent? Everything you need to know about brow treatment

I’ve been debating getting microblading done on my sparse brows for years, but I’ve ultimately always been put off. After all, it does promise to be a long-lasting treatment and I take permanent changes to my face quite seriously.

When my sister Lisa came to me a few weeks ago detailing her struggles with gut-related hair loss, and complaining of how it has caused bald patches on her eyebrows, I started looking into microblading more seriously to find out what it really is, what it promises and what it can actually deliver.

So, in a bid to help out anyone else looking for some detailed information on eyebrow microblading, I’ve documented the full process of having it done in this video.

I’ve also answered some of the top questions surrounding the treatment with the help of eyebrow specialist Liarna from Liarna Jessica London, who Lisa went to visit.

Here’s everything you need to know…

First of all, what IS microblading?

“Microblading is a technique used to create 3D hair strokes. These strokes are made with a small handheld tool featuring a cluster of tiny blades on the tip,” explains Liarna. “The tool picks up ink and implants the colour down in the dermis, the second layer of skin.”

Due to the small size of the tool, microblading offers very precise strokes which mimic real hairs – making it a great option for those with balding, sparse or fine brows.

Are the results permanent?

Microblading shouldn’t be compared to a tattoo, as the pigment doesn’t get implanted far enough into the skin for the results to be fully permanent. For this reason it’s labelled a semi-permanent treatment.

“We do the initial treatment then ask the client to come back 6-8 weeks later for a top up. This is just to correct any fading that might have occurred after the first treatment, and to make sure the ink is properly implanted in the skin,” Liarna says.

To maintain results, you should go back to your clinic for a top up every 1-2 years.

What’s the difference between microblading and microshading?

“While microblading uses that small hand-held tool we talked about earlier, microshading is done with a digital machine where needles – instead of blades – deposit pin-like dots of pigmentation,” says Liarna.

Essentially, microblading offers precise strokes, while microshading gives a fuller, “powder-effect” finish.

“Many good technicians will offer a combination of the two. A full consultation with the client first will help determine the best technique for their brows,” explains Liarna.

Does microblading hurt? And is there any downtime?

Numbing cream is applied and reapplied throughout the treatment, so pain is kept to a minimum. My sister promises it was about 4/10 on the ouch scale, but then again she has given birth twice.

Downtime is pretty non-existent – you can walk out with great brows. You need to apply a special balm on the first night if you see the skin getting too dry or crusty, and you might be given bandages to place over the brows ahead of bedtime on the day of the treatment. This is so that you don’t knock them.

Other than that, you should avoid sweating and heavy exercise for the first few days, and make sure not to wash the area with cleanser on day one or two.

Am I a good candidate for microblading?

“Microblading can be adapted to work for most. However, you want people with healthy skin; not too thin or it won’t retain the pigment colour. Also, those with inflammatory conditions like rosacea and eczema might not be candidates if a rash affects the brow area.” says Liarna

How much does it cost?

Liarna offers the treatment at her London clinic for £795. This includes the top-up appointment six weeks later.

What’s the honest opinion on the results?

I can confirm that Lisa is delighted. You’ll be able to see from her before and after how amazing the transformation is. Instead of spending nearly half an hour each morning pencilling in her brows, she can just get up and go. It really is the perfect treatment for someone suffering from alopecia or hair thinning.

Lisa had a combination of microblading and microshading, meaning Liarna created hair-like strokes using a microblading tool, and then gave her brows a stronger base colour with a bit of microshading.

I'm even tempted to give it a go myself. Liarna explained that my worry of the pigment fading into a red shade over time shouldn't be a concern if I go to a micropigmentation specialist who uses the best pigment. Old types of pigment are now known to have been a bit unstable, hence the horror stories.

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